Violence in Korean Waters Raises Animosity Toward China
Chinese fishing boats have been involved in two violent clashes with both South and North Korean boats off the coast of the Korean peninsula. From the Los Angeles Times:
South Korean maritime officials have detained 11 Chinese suspected of clubbing to death a Coast Guard officer last week as he tried to board their fishing vessel, which was suspected of illegally plying Korean territorial waters.
A North Korean patrol boat fired on another Chinese fishing boat on Saturday, wounding the vessel’s captain.
Seoul officials have long complained of illegal Chinese intrusion into the fish-rich waters off the peninsula. Despite a fisheries treaty with Beijing signed in 2001, South Korea in the last four years has captured more than 1,750 Chinese fishing vessels that allegedly violated the pact.